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Compute Canada resources for COVID-19 research
April 18, 2020

Canada’s research community is mobilizing to help address the current COVID-19 crisis and the Compute Canada Federation (CCF) is providing advanced research computing (ARC) support for COVID-19 focused research. This support could include:

  • Providing access to cloud resources, high-performance clusters, storage or boosting your job priority
  • Consulting in high-performance computing (HPC), data management, data analysis, machine learning, and visualization
  • Connecting you to Canadian scientists from other research...
April 9, 2020

Join us on Friday 17 April for our next WestGrid Community Town Hall. Patrick Mann, WestGrid's Director of Operations, will share the latest updates from WestGrid and Compute Canada that have impacts on advanced research computing users in Western Canada, including:

April 6, 2020

Researchers across Canada are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and many are harnessing the power of Canada’s advanced research computing (ARC) platform to do so. ARC accelerates the speed to discovery and helps researchers accomplish globally competitive, data-driven, transformative research.

Research like that of:

  • Five research teams at the University of British Columbia getting $2.3 million from the federal government to continue their work on detecting, neutralizing and reducing COVID-19’s transmission.
  • Dionne...
April 4, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 15 where we'll look at EasyBuild, a a software build and installation framework that allows you to manage (scientific) software on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems in an efficient way. This online presentation will be hosted by Ali Kerrache, a High Performance Analyst on the WestGrid team, based at the University of Manitoba.



March 27, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 01 where we'll look at Gnuplot, a portable command-line driven graphing utility for Linux, MS Windows, MacOS and many other platforms. This online presentation will be hosted by Dmitri Rozmanov, Senior Data Scientist at the University of Calgary.


Scientific graphing with Gnuplot
Wednesday, April 01
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific

March 12, 2020

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) officially launched on March 11, 2020 with its first members’ meeting and the election of its inaugural Board of Directors. This new, national not-for-profit organization will support a collaborative and agile digital research infrastructure community across Canada.

NDRIO will provide the digital tools, services and infrastructure that scholars and scientists need to conduct the kind of leading-edge research...

March 11, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday March 18 where we'll look at Chapel, a high-level parallel programming language for shared- and distributed-memory systems. This online presentation will be hosted by Alex Razoumov, WestGrid's Visualization and Training Coordinator.


Working with data files and external C libraries in Chapel
Wednesday, March 18
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific

March 9, 2020

The Cedar supercomputer will be offline and unavailable during March 16-22, 2020 as part of a major system expansion and upgrade. During this week-long downtime, the Cedar team will be adding 768 compute nodes (36864 cores) and 192 GPU nodes (768 GPU cards), as well as:

  • upgrading BIOS and firmware of compute nodes and network switches
  • upgrading the operating system
  • upgrading the file system software and storage controller firmware
  • upgrading the network drivers
  • modifying the...
WestGrid Research Computing Winter School University of Victoria
March 1, 2020

WestGrid runs training activities year-round, ranging from online webinars to in-person workshops and summer schools. Mark your calendars for the upcoming training activities we've confirmed for 2020 so far, and join our mailing list for updates as new training sessions are added to our program.

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February 27, 2020

Do you have an interesting project that could provide value to a research community but needs some technical expertise to implement? We want to work with you!

We have developer expertise to share with the research community and we’re looking specifically to support scientific gateways (also known as research platforms or portals).

Example potential project outcomes include (but are not limited to):

  • providing web-enabled access to large databases
  • providing links or access channels to HPC...